NEWS – On October 28 in New York, the house RM Sotheby’s sells, in a single lot, the three extravagant Alfa Romeo BATs inspired by aeronautics.

- Alfa Romeo BAT, the Bertone Batmobiles trilogy up for auction - Le Figaro
The BAT, which are among the most extravagant creations of the automobile body of the XX
e century, are estimated between 14 and 20 million dollars.
Ron Kimball © 2020 RM Sothebys / Ron Kimball © 2020 RM Sothebys

It's a miracle. The three Alfa Romeo BATs, for Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica, are on the market. They are the stars of a sale organized by the house RM Sotheby’s next Wednesday in New York. The BAT, which are among the most extravagant creations of the automobile body of the XXe century, are estimated between 14 and 20 million dollars. These three machines bear the signature of one man: Franco Scaglione. Small and discreet, this Florentine was not intended to work in the automobile. Even less at a bodybuilder. A graduate of an engineering school, he had started his career in aeronautics, but we have to believe that the car fascinated him since, after offering his services to Pinin Farina, he joined Bertone.

Nuccio Bertone was not going to regret it: Scaglione had ideas and talent. In the early 1950s, as French coachbuilders disappeared one by one, Italian coachbuilding asserted itself. Worn by Pininfarina, Bertone

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